Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Musings



Hosted by Rebecca

How often do you visit the library? Do you have a scheduled library day/time, or do you go whenever? Do you go alone, or take people with you?

I go once a week these days. I decided this is the year to use the library more than ever. 1) $$, 2) Joined the Support Library Challenge, 3) Much better variety of books.

I usually go on Satrudays while running my errands (PO, Bank, etc).

I go alone so that I can take my time. I do think it would be fun to take my nephews (6 & 7) to the library to see what they might be interested in.

Monday Mailbox



I was lucky enough to be offered this book by the author, so I took her up on it. It looks like a interesting read and not something I would normally read, but...



This looks interesting and I will probably pass on to my nephews when I'm done.



Friday, February 20, 2009

Book Review - Hop on Pop



# 13
Title: Hop On Pop
Author: Dr. Seuss
Genre: Childrens
Challenges: Childhood Favorites Reading Challenge, TBR Challenge 2009, What’s In a Name 2009, 2009 Support Your Local Library, 20 Books in 2009, Pages Read Challenge 2009, PB & J Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge,

Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: 64
Published: 1963
From the back:
First published in 1963, Hop on Pop remains a perennial favorite when it comes to teaching kids to read. Here, as in most of his extensive body of work, Dr. Seuss creates uncomplicated, monosyllabic rhymes to foster learning and inspire children to read. But what was radical about this little book at the time of publication (and what makes it still compelling today) is Seuss's departure from the traditionally dull pictures and sentences used in reading primers. In contrast, the illustrations here are wild and wonderful, and the accompanying language, while simple, is delightfully silly. For example, the rhyme "THREE TREE / Three fish in a tree / Fish in a tree? / How can that be?" is brought to life with a trio of plump, self-satisfied fish perched atop globular branches as two stymied hybrid dog-rabbit-humanoids look on in consternation. Hop on Pop does much more than teach children the basics of word construction, it also introduces them to the incomparable pleasure of reading a book.

Mine:
As always – what a wonderful book. I used to read this to my brother when he was a child. I have now had the opportunity to read the book to my nephews. The rhyming makes the whole story come to life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Library Loot



I went to the library on Saturday to return and then pick up some books.
I picked up the following books:


I also picked up more books on Laura Ingalls Wilder:






and last but not least a YA book another in the Princess Series:



Need to finish my reviews of last weeks books about presidents

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Fill-ins #111

#111

And...here we go!


1. It seems like it never ends with my parents health.

2. More books when you're done, please?

3. If I thought you hear me I'd tell you!

4. I’m not sure is what I think of most when I think of you.

5. To me, Valentine's Day means spending time with loved ones.

6. Spending time with my nephews gives me strength.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to trying to relax after spending 6 hours in the ER with my mom last night, tomorrow my plans include having a kid movie marathon and baking cookies with my nephews and Sunday, I want to sleep in and read!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Library Loot



I went to the library on Saturday to return and then pick up some books.
I picked up the following books:

I picked up some books on the presidents since I thought that would be a great theme for February; George Washington (no pic), James Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln (my favorite president):





I also picked up some books on famous women also; Laura Ingalls Wilder and Eleanor Roosevelt:



and last but not least a YA book that talks about Chinese New Year also, so that takes care a another holiday:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ten on Tuesday





Ten On Tuesday

10 Favorite Children’s Movies

1 Mary Poppins
2 Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang
3 Finding Nemo
4 Monster’s Inc
5 Cars
6 Happy Feet
7 Toy Story
8 Fantasia
9 Over the Hedge
10 Bambi

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mailbox Monday




I was lucky enough to be offered this book by the author, so I took her up on it. It looks like a interesting read and not something I would normally read, but...


Musing Mondays



Hosted by Rebecca

What do you use to mark your place while reading? Do you have a definite preference? Do you use bookmarks, paper, or (gasp) turn down the pages? If you use bookmarks, do you have a favourite one?


I try to always use a bookmark, but will dogear sometimes if it’s a book I own. I have several favorite bookmarks, mostly with frogs on them. They are ones that my nephews have bought for me.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Library Loot



I went to the library on Saturday to return and then pick up some books.
I picked up the following books:

More audios:


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For my favorite books:




And one for YA Challenge:

Book Review - Death in the Clouds



# 10
Title: Death in the Clouds
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery

Challenges: Winter Reading Challenge 2009, TBR Challenge 2009 , A to Z Reading Challenge, 2009 Support Your Local Library, 2009 Audiobook Challenge, 20 Books in 2009, Pages Read Challenge 2009, Agatha Christie Challenge 2009, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge

Rating: 4/5
No. of Pages: Audio Complete & Unabridged (5 CDs)- (333)
Published: Originally 1935 (Audio 2001)

From the back:
On an airplane bound for London from Paris, one of the eleven passengers is dead. The small red puncture wound on the woman’s neck might have been accepted as a sting from a wasp, but luck is not on the killer’s side. Hercule Poirot is aboard the plane, and he discovers a thorn typically used with a blowpipe near the victim’s feet. As he tackles the case suspicion points in all directions, even back to Poirot when the blowpipe is found tucked behind his seat. Can Poirot prevent the culprit from getting away with murder?

Mine:

Poirot must round up the usual suspects (the 9 passengers left) and narrow down the who did it. It seems like a daunting task – there are twists at every turn. The least likely suspect might be guilty, then again maybe not. Well we do know that Poirot is not guilty.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday Teaser



Hide and Seek by Fern Michaels (p129)

Alice Riley was gladi it was Friday. On Fridays she allowed her daughter to attend sleepovers. With her husband in such a foul mood it was better for Sally not to see or hear the verbal confrontations that went on. When Sally returned on Saturday, Alice made sure she had the hours covered with meaningful things to do that interested both of them.